April 21, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team has signed two players for the 2000-01 season, head coach Cari Groce announced Friday.
The signees are Lorena Arias (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) and Anna Dybicz (Jonkoping, Sweden). Both players will enter WSU in the fall as freshman.
Arias is currently enrolled at Allen High School in Texas after spending three years at Eagle High School in her native country. As a junior, she captured first place in the Mexican national tournament, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Last season, Arias, who will become the first Mexican woman to play tennis at WSU, was also crowned champion of the State Cup, Regional Cup, Sectional Cup, and a pair of sectional tournaments.
"We've been following Lorena for a few years and have watched her become a national champion.," Groce said. "We are very excited to have her."
Lorena's sister Elis was a member of the Cougar volleyball team from 1994-97.
Dybicz has international experience, having competed in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, and Poland. She is currently ranked ninth nationally in Sweden's Girls' 18 Division.
Dybicz, who currently trains with the Swedish Tennis Association., will become the first woman from her native country to play tennis at WSU.
Groce also extended a walk-on invitation to Angela Fry, a native of Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island HS), who is currently ranked eighth by the United States Tennis Association's Girls' 18 Division.
"She a very talented player and dedicated to becoming a better collegiate player," Groce said of Fry.